November 23rd 2017

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Machakos assembly rejects Mutua’s CEC nominees, setting hard times for governor

The new development throws Governor Mutua back to the drawing board to nominate other individuals for the same positions as the county assembly is likely to reject the said nominees owing to their poor rating following the vetting.

By Mutinda MulwaThursday, 09 Nov 2017 13:18 EAT

Majority Leader Francis Ngunga presents recommendations before the full house.

A County Assembly committee vetting the various nominees to the County Executive Committee (CEC) members has recommended the rejection of the five individuals handpicked by Governor Alfred Mutua to head various dockets.

The new development throws Governor Mutua back to the drawing board to nominate other individuals for the same positions as the county assembly is likely to reject the said nominees owing to their poor rating following the vetting.

An agitated Mutua had public yesterday, in what appeared like, a tip off of the committee’s recommendation and hit out at the MCAs accusing them of interfering with his administration.

The committee on appointments, whose report was tabled for debate today by Majority leader, Francis Ngunga anonymously endorsed the rejection of five nominees whose names had been forwarded by Dr Mutua for consideration.

The five include Faith Wathome (Education), Ruth Mutua (Agriculture), Ali Maalim (Health), Naomi Mutie (Water) and Kimeu Mbithi (Public Service and ICT).

In its general findings on the suitability of all the five nominees, the House Committee reported the individuals had academic qualifications and experience in other areas different from the portfolios to which they had been nominated.

The committee also expressed doubts on the capacity of some of the nominees to ensure proper and prudent utilization of county finances as appointment of some was contested by residents in sworn affidavits, citing incompetence, corruption and abuse of office. 

“The Committee was not provided with information on the procedure used to arrive at the nominee including the criteria for the short listing of the nominees as provided for under Section 8(a) of the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act, 2017,” Ngunga, who is also the Mua MCA told the assembly.

In particular, Ms Wathome, Ms Mutua and Ms Mutie were found to have been proposed to head portfolios which they did not possess the requisite experience in, according to the committee’s report. 

In its percentage rating, the committee awarded 23.5 per cent for Ms Wathome, 30.3 percent for Ms Mutua, 53 percent for Dr Maalim, 30.8 percent for Ms Mutie and 32.3 percent for Kimeu which was far below the recommended 70 per cent pass mark index. 

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